March 15, 2015

EMPOWERED TO CONNECT CONFERENCE This is a great opportunity to gain insights into what is needed for us to love children from hard places – in our families, in our Body & in our community. The conference will be simulcast at Westwood, Friday and Saturday, April 10 & 11, 9am-5pm both days. There is no registration fee but the materials cost $8.00. All parents and teachers are strongly encouraged to attend. Please register on the Westwood Church website: westwoodchurch.com, ABOUT US tab.

HAITI MISSIONS TRIP - June 19-23 RED students and any interested adults and/or families; applications are available now; estimated cost is $1,000/person; Pastor Dan is planning to go; come join us. Donations are being accepted to help underwrite the cost of the trip.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING We will have a congregational meeting next Sunday, Sunday, March 22nd, immediately following the morning service. All members are urged to attend and vote, and all others welcome to observe. We will elect Elders, and approve the 2015-2016 budget at the meeting. We will also approve changes to the By-laws. The proposed By-laws can be viewed on the church website: Westwoodchurch.com, About Us section.

EASTER EGGS  We will be having an Easter Egg hunt for elementary age kids on *Easter Sunday, April 5th*. Please help us by picking up some empty plastic eggs, filling them with hard candy (NO CHOCOLATE PLEASE!), scotch-taping them closed, and returning them to the church no later than Sunday, March 29th. We have lots of empty plastic eggs for you to fill, no need to buy more. Pick up and drop off the eggs in the lobby.

REACHING OUT TO OUR COMMUNITY *The Food Pantry is being discontinued since two churches within 1/2 mile have Food Pantries connected to Second Harvest. Instead, we will concentrate our efforts on serving the *Bridges of America and Clarcona Elementary* by filling the appropriate baskets in the office hallway.

For the Bridges of America, please bring: *razors & shave cream, toothbrushes & toothpaste, soap, shampoo,* deodorant, *comb/hair brush,* toilet paper

For the Clarcona Elementary teachers: *liquid hand soap, paper towels, **disinfecting wipes & spray, tissues, pencils, big erasers, crayons, markers, glue sticks*

This is a chance for us to Be The Church to those in our community in a very practical way!

FINANCES *3/9/2015 – YTD DATA*

BUDGET $389,844

GENERAL FUND INCOME & OTHER DESIGNATED INCOME $356,364

MISSIONS INCOME $14,354

TOTAL INCOME $372,718

TOTAL INCOME OVER/UNDER BUDGET <$17,162>

EXPENSES $382,385

TOTAL INCOME OVER/UNDER EXPENSE <$9,667>